Appalachian Trail News Headlines (8-5-14)

Published Aug 5, 2014

The new Appalachian Trail Conservancy License Plate for Pennsylvania

The new Appalachian Trail Conservancy License Plate for Pennsylvania

There are a thousand little stories being played out along the Appalachian Trail (AT). We will try to bring the best of them to your attention through our Appalachian Trail News Headlines. You're bound to find something of interest in one or two of them.

Pennsylvania's Appalachian Trail Conservancy License Plate

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) worked for eight years to bring residents of Pennsylvania a way to show their support for the Trail and to fund important projects in and around the state.

The Pennsylvania ATC Specialty license plate is now available. Pennsylvania joins Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and the Great State of Georgia in offering specialty plates.

There is a one-time plate fee of $50. As a revenue sharing plate, $21 of the $50 fee is transferred to Appalachian Trail Conservancy to help support its mission. You can also choose to personalize your plate, using five letters or numbers in combination. There is an additional fee to personalize your plate. A disabled symbol is also available.

Pennsylvania Residents: Click Here for ATC Specialty Tag Info

Maggie Wallace's 10 Things to Never Say to a Thru-Hiker

I do not personally know Maggie Wallace, but her story on 10 Things to Never Say to a Thru-Hiker was fabulous.

Here's an excerpt:

Eight hundred and twenty three (point two) miles from Springer Mountain, someone told me how to make oatmeal. Not Muesli. Not steel cut oats that they boiled for half an hour over the fire. It was not an exotic or complicated recipe. It was a packet of instant oatmeal made by Great Value (which is neither).

Her semi-snarky but not mean-spirited style for this article showed her personality and skills as a writer and hiker. Maggie's work deserves a spot in this week's Appalachian Trail News Headlines.

Click Here for Maggie's Story

Appalachian Trail News from the AT Museum

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, Larry Luxenberg -- a 1980 thru-hiker who is now the president of the Appalachian Trail Museum -- will present "Stories from the Trail: Adventures of the Early AT Hikers" at 2 PM.

Larry is a great speaker who has fascinating stories about the experiences of AT hikers during the days when few people hiked trod the Trail and equipment was much less advanced. Joining Larry, will be Richard Judy '73, who is the author of the AT hiking novel, "Thru" and Erich "Bust Ace" Shellenberger '73, both fellow southbound hikers.

The hours of the museum from now until November 2nd are:

  • NOON to 4:00pm Wednesday thru Sunday
  • OPEN ~ Labor Day (Monday, September 1) and
  • Columbus Day (Monday, October 13)
  • Special Events: Times to be announced

ADMISSION is FREE. Donations accepted.

Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Museum

Damascus, Virginia's Community Pathway Project

Brady Adcock of Damascus, VA, asked to help get the word out about the Community Pathway Project. The goal is to celebrate our AT culture and raise funds for our town, the ATC and their local trail club.

According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's website:

"Engraved Bricks will repave the sidewalk from South Smith Street to South Reynolds Street and continue from South Shady Ave to Trestle Street. The Friendship Path between South Reynolds Street and South Shady Ave will remain in place, but be realigned for long-term sustainability and to meet ADA requirements.

Custom A.T. mosaic arrays will draw visitors and Trail patrons downtown, promoting revitalization of the downtown business district. Completed order forms will be accepted throughout the summer or until available square footage is sold. Project implementation is projected for late November 2014, so your patience is appreciated.

All proceeds from the brick donation program will be used to protect and promote the A.T.! With projects ranging from economic development in Damascus, to maintenance and conservation projects in the surrounding 60-mile A.T. corridor, the Community Pathway Project's impact will be profound."

Click Here to Support& Protect the AT with Damascus's Community Pathway

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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